Common name: Antarctic Icefishes, White-blooded Fishes
A unique fish family that lacks the oxygen-binding protein haemoglobin, that transports oxygen throughout the body in all other vertebrates. Species are endemic to the Southern Ocean, mostly in the frigid oxygen-rich waters south of the polar front, including in Australia's Antarctic zone.
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Dianne J. Bray, Antarctic Icefishes, CHANNICHTHYIDAE in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 May 2017, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/family/356
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